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USED - The Courts of Illusion by Rosemary Hawley Jarman

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This novel came down more closely on the side of Warbeck being Richard Duke of York, while at the same time offering glimpses of doubt. I was immediately endeared to our protagonist when on the first page we learn he has been lamenting the loss of his beloved horse, Bedesman. The year is 1490, five years after the battle at Bosworth Field, Nicholas Archer is nineteen years old. It was his father's keen eye that spied out the enemy for Richard III at Bosworth Field and he paid for his devotion with his life. Nicholas becomes estranged from his family, he pledges his devotion to Richard Duke of York and eventually becomes one of his most trusted aides. And so we follow Richard Duke of York (Perkin Warbeck) through the many courts of Europe as he garners support for his cause. Jarman weaves a rich tapestry of fifteenth century England replete with poverty, hunger, filth, many fortunes reversed and harsh punishments meted out. Archer recounts his experience after enduring the hardships and joys of his adventure and frequently alludes to future events which creates a constant tension throughout his tale.

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